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Aeronautical Knowledge and Safety Test Updates

The FAA's Reauthorization Bill introduced new rules for how, when, and where you can fly your drone for recreational purposes. (H.R. 302 Section 44809).

The law requires that all recreational flyers must pass a knowledge and safety test.

The knowledge test is being developed in three phases:

  1. Test Content – The FAA, with input from drone stakeholders has developed the content for the knowledge test.
  2. Development of requirements for knowledge test administrators with input from the drone community.
  3. Selection of knowledge test administrators – anticipated early 2020.

On September 17, the FAA issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders on aeronautical knowledge and safety test administration requirements that the agency will apply to future knowledge test administrators.

Based on the responses to the RFI, the FAA has selected stakeholders to make recommendations on the administration of the test. These recommendations will assist the agency in developing requirements that potential test administrators must meet through an onboarding process that will be announced on FAA.Gov.

Participation in this effort is not a promise for future collaboration with the FAA.

The following organizations have been invited to provide input to the aeronautical knowledge and safety test administration requirements:

  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Drone Launch Academy
  • Southeastern University
  • Science Applications International Corp (SAIC)
  • DJI
  • Horizon Hobby LLC
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Coach
  • King Schools
  • Unmanned Safety Institute
  • First Person View (FPV) Freedom Coalition
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
  • Drone Racing League

There is no Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request for Proposals (RFP) related to this effort.

The FAA will not pay for any information received or costs incurred at any point in the development of the requirements of the test or during a future onboarding process.

The FAA is not seeking or accepting unsolicited input to test administration requirements outside of this RFI.

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